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Easy DIY Project - Dress Up the Inside of a Lampshade

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Easy DIY Project - Dress Up the Inside of a Lampshade

Dress up the interior of a hanging lampshade with a vibrant fabric

Lauren Flanagan
Add some pizzazz to a boring lampshade by dressing up its interior. This DIY lampshade project works best for hanging shades such as pendant fixtures with drum shades.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: One hour

Here's How:

  1. Make a pattern by tracing the shape of the lampshade onto a piece of paper. Make sure to leave enough to overlap the ends.
  2. Choose a fabric that will compliment the room where the shade resides. Try a bold color or an eye-catching pattern.
  3. Cut the fabric using the pattern you drew.
  4. Coat the side you don't want showing (the underside of the fabric) with a spray adhesive and carefully glue it to the inside of the shade.
  5. Smooth the fabric out as you go so that there are no lines, folds, or air bubbles.
  6. If you're having trouble applying the fabric try backing it with paper to stiffen it, then use the adhesive to attach the paper side to the shade.
  7. For a finished look glue a corresponding ribbon (grosgrain is always a nice option) to the top and bottom edges of the shade.

What You Need

  • Lampshade
  • Fabric
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Pencil

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